Cleveland Clinic has been distinguished as a Magnet Status Hospital since 2003.
To achieve Magnet status, Cleveland Clinic underwent an extensive review and systematic evaluation of its nursing practice by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This involved the review of thousands of pages of documentation, and a five-day site visit by ANCC professionals who evaluated Cleveland Clinic against more than 65 stringent quantitative and qualitative standards that epitomize excellence in nursing services, clinical outcomes and patient care delivery. Cleveland Clinic must continue to pass annual reviews as part of its four-year designation.
Laura Bernhard, RN, BSN®
Laura earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Kent State University in 1994. Since joining the Cleveland Clinic in 1993, she has worked as an inpatient nurse on the Blood and Marrow Transplant unit and as an outpatient BMT nurse coordinator. Laura holds a special interest in medical informatics and spent five years as a clinical analyst. She currently is the Clinical Manager for the Blood and Marrow Transplant program.
The transplant nurse coordinator is a registered nurse who works primarily in the ambulatory clinic to coordinate all of the events leading up to and following your transplant. She provides the necessary education to prepare you and your family for transplant and will search for a suitably matched donor should you require one. The nurse coordinator works closely with your transplant physician to monitor your medical condition.
The transplant nurse coordinator is a member of the multidisciplinary care team and helps transition your care to and from the hospital team when you are admitted to the hospital. When you have completed your transplant and are ready to leave the hospital, your nurse coordinator will be involved in all aspects of your recovery and care.
Transplant Nurse Coordinators
Lisa Chiancone, RN, BSN, OCN®
Lisa graduated from Newman University with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in December of 2008. She has been an oncology nurse at the Cleveland Clinic since graduating, starting on the Blood & Marrow Transplant Unit for three years, moving to outpatient Hematology/Oncology for two years, and recently becoming a Blood & Marrow Transplant Auto Nurse Coordinator.
Kelly Cherni, RN, BSN, OCN®
Kelly received her Associate of Arts degree at Cuyahoga Community College and then went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Kent State University. She began her nursing career at Cleveland Clinic in 1987 and has worked in the Hematology & Oncology Inpatient Unit, Taussig Outpatient Chemotherapy Department, and has been a Blood and Marrow Transplant Nurse Coordinator since 2003. She received her oncology nursing certification in 2008.
Christina Ferraro, RN, BSN, OCN®
Christina graduated from The Ohio State University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has been working in the Blood and Marrow Transplant program since starting at Cleveland Clinic in 2003, first as a staff nurse and currently as Blood and Marrow Transplant Nurse Coordinator since 2006. She has been a member of the national and local chapter of Oncology Nursing Society since 2004.
Amy Healy, RN, BSN, OCN®
Amy graduated from the University of Akron in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She began her nursing career at the Cleveland Clinic specializing in emergency medicine. Amy has been an oncology nurse since October 2006, starting at Taussig Outpatient Chemotherapy Dept for three years, moving to outpatient Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator for the Lymphoma Program for five years, and since June 2015 as an Autologous Blood and Marrow Transplant Nurse Coordinator.
Brittany Hodgeman, RN, BSN, OCN®
Brittany has been working at the Cleveland Clinic since 2010, starting as a PCNA. Brittany attended Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio and graduated in 2011 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. She has been a Blood & Marrow Transplant nurse since 2011. Brittany earned her Oncology Nurse Certification in 2013 and became the night shift assistant nurse manager of the Blood & Marrow Transplant and Leukemia units in 2014. In February 2015, Brittany became an Allogeneic Blood & Marrow Transplant Nurse Coordinator.
Jamie Starn, RN, BSN
Jamie graduated in 2005 from North Central State College with an Associate Degree in Nursing and from Ohio University in 2012 with her BSN. She started working on the Blood and Marrow Transplant floor in August of 2005, and transferred to the outpatient department in September of 2008 as an Allogeneic Blood and Marrow Transplant Coordinator. Since 2005, Jamie has been a member of the Oncology Nursing Society.
Victoria Winslow, RN BSN
Victoria graduated from St. Mary’s College in 2005 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She specialized as a heart and lung transplant coordinator at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, then relocated to Chicago where she worked as a heart transplant coordinator at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Victoria joined the Cleveland Clinic in September 2014 as an Allogeneic Blood & Marrow Transplant Coordinator.
The nurse manager and assistant nurse manager are responsible for the overall daily management of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit. The management team works with the registered nurses and nursing assistants on the unit to assure that you are receiving the best care.
If you have any questions or concerns about the condition of your room or the nursing care you are receiving, you may ask to speak with either the nurse manager or assistant nurse manager.
Patti Akins, RN, BSN, OCN®, NM
Patti attended Capital University in Bexley, Ohio and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has been a Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit nurse since 1993 at Cleveland Clinic, and her leadership role started in 1996 as an Assistant Nurse Manager. Patti earned her Oncology Nurse Certification in 2005 and has been the Nurse Manager since 2002. Patti is also the Nurse Manager of the Leukemia unit since 2009.
Assistant Nurse Managers
Kelly Cash, RN, BSN
Kelly graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2003. She has been an oncology nurse at the Cleveland Clinic since graduating, starting on G70 Hematology/Oncology then working on G111 Leukemia unit. Kelly joined the leadership team and became an Assistant Nurse Manager for G110 Blood & Marrow Transplant and G111 Leukemia unit in February 2013.
Debbie Scott, RN, ANM
Debbie has been a blood and marrow transplant nurse at Cleveland Clinic since 2000. She is currently the Patient Safety Officer and is involved with Shared Governance, quality admission audits, and the Falls committee. Debbie holds membership in both the Oncology Nursing Society and the Cleveland Chapter for Oncology Nurses. She has been Assistant Nurse Manager since October of 2004.
Registered Nurses & Nurse Assistants
Registered nurses provide you with individual care during your outpatient appointments at the Taussig Cancer Center, and 24-hours-a-day while you are hospitalized. Registered nurses work together with your physician and the rest of the BMT team to plan your daily care. In the hospital, registered nurses also:
- Check your progress at frequent intervals throughout the day and night.
- Administer your medications.
- Inform your physician of any changes in your condition.
- Educate you and your family about the medications you will be taking.
- Teach you how to care for your health after your blood and marrow transplant.
- Prepare you for your discharge.
Nursing assistants work with the registered nurses to provide your daily care. They may take your temperature, blood pressure and daily weight. They also assist with your personal care and help make you comfortable during your hospital stay.